Soft Chicken Tacos

LAST UPDATED: Jun 15, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Feb 04, 2020 | By: Julie Blanner

These easy soft Chicken Tacos are perfect for an easy weeknight meal and they are packed full of flavor. The chicken is perfectly juicy and it hardly takes any time to prep! Top the tacos with all of your favorite toppings for a meal that the whole family will love! These tacos are made with a handful of ingredients and come together so easily!

Close up of a corn tortilla filled with chicken soft taco ingredients.

One of my go-to dinners for entertaining is tacos. They’re universally liked and unbelievably easy. Everything but the meat can be prepped in advance (nap time!).

I almost always serve them in a taco bar style which saves time and allows guests to customize, which for this picky eater, is key! If I’m serving a crowd, I like to serve them alongside my Ground Beef Tacos so everyone can pick their favorite.

For this recipe, my reader-favorite Baked Chicken Breast is wonderfully seasoned with my favorite Homemade Taco Seasoning and finished with all of my favorite toppings!

We eat a lot of baked chicken in this house – have you tried my simple chicken kabobs, baked chicken recipe, or lemon chicken, or even my blackened chicken? Don’t miss out!

Psst… All this Mexican food can’t happen without the world’s best margaritas! Be sure to check out all my cocktail recipes to go alongside these tacos – including this incredible margarita mix!

A white plate with a single chicken soft taco, covered in fresh toppings and a lime to the side.

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Chicken Taco Ingredients

There are just a few requirements for these delicious oven baked tacos, the rest are completely flexible.

  • Taco Seasoning – I love to use my homemade taco seasoning for this recipe, it only takes a couple of minutes to make a batch. Alternatively you can use your favorite store bought brand.
  • Chicken Breasts – These chicken breasts are baked to perfection, and you can cube or shred them according to your preference. Buy the best quality chicken you can that hasn’t been raised on antibiotics.
  • Corn Tortillas – When it comes to tacos, corn tortillas are always my first choice, but you can use flour tortillas if you prefer those.
A white plate of three chicken soft tacos.

Toppings:

  • Avocado – Freshly sliced avocado adds a freshness and creaminess that I just adore. Use ripe avocados, but not so soft that they become mushy when you cut them.
  • Chihuahua Cheese – A soft white Mexican cheese that is similar in flavor to a mild cheddar.
  • Crema – A Mexican thickened cream with a touch of sourness. You can use sour cream if you don’t have crema.
  • Salsa Verde – A deliciously fresh salsa that really brings these tacos alive! If you prefer, any other kind of salsa or pico de gallo will work, too.
Close up of a chicken taco topped with fresh taco ingredients.

How To Make Soft Tacos

It’s so quick and easy to make a big batch of these tacos!

  1. Prep – Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Coat – Lightly coat chicken in olive oil and sprinkle with taco seasoning.
  3. Bake 20 minutes, remove from oven & allow to rest 5-10 minutes (it will continue cooking) before slicing, cubing or shredding.
  4. Fill corn tortillas with shredded or cubed baked chicken breast, avocado, chihuahua cheese, crema and salsa verde and enjoy!
White surface with three corn tortillas filled with chicken taco ingredients.

What Toppings Can You Use On Chicken Tacos?

The best thing about tacos is that they are so easily customizable to your tastes. You can set up a serve yourself bar when entertaining to accommodate even the pickiest eaters.

I love avocado, my homemade cilantro crema, chihuaha cheese and salsa verde – the flavors really compliment each other. But let’s be honest, tacos filled with any of these goodies will be delicious!

If you prefer things spicy, add some sliced jalapeños or try them with my Zesty Guacamole, Classic Guacamole or Chipotle Corn Salsa.

A white plate with a single chicken soft taco, covered in fresh toppings and a lime to the side, blue napkin in the background..

Hard or Soft Tacos?

I’m a big advocate of soft tacos rather than the hard shells, I find them so much easier to eat and they contain the toppings much more effectively! These chicken tacos will still taste amazing in hard shells, so if they are your thing, feel free to swap them!

I also prefer to use white corn tortillas, they really help to highlight all of the flavors, but you can use flour tortillas as well.

Close up of a chicken taco topped with fresh taco ingredients.

Soft Tacos Are Perfect If You Are Feeding A Crowd

This recipe is so easy to double if you are planning on serving tacos to guests. They are perfect to serve up on game day but also simple enough to serve as an easy weeknight dinner.

These chicken tacos are so packed full of flavor, no one has turned them down to date! These tacos have all the ingredients for a real feast!

White surface with three corn tortillas filled with chicken taco ingredients.

Tips To Make Chicken Tacos

  • Do not to overcook the chicken breasts or they can become dry. Boneless skinless chicken breasts are lower in saturated fat than other meats, so watch your time so they don’t dry out! The chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165ºf – this should never be over 30 minutes at this temperature.
  • Substitutions – I like to use chicken breasts in this recipe, but if you prefer to use chicken thighs you absolutely can! You can also use your favorite salsa and substitute sour cream for crema.
  • Warm your tortillas in the oven or microwave before filling them, this makes them more pliable and less likely to break.
Close up of a chicken taco topped with fresh taco ingredients.

Cocktails to Pair with Tacos

Best Side Dishes to Serve With Soft Tacos

And if you love these delicious soft tacos, be sure to check out this chicken fajita bowl, Spicy Chorizo Taco and Carne Asada Tacos! It’s the perfect light and easy weeknight dinner.

Close up of a chicken taco topped with fresh taco ingredients.

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Close up of a corn tortilla filled with chicken soft taco ingredients.

Soft Chicken Tacos

Julie Blanner
These easy soft chicken tacos are perfect for an easy weeknight meal and they are packed full of flavor. The chicken is perfectly juicy and it hardly takes any time to prep!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4
Calories 641 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 tablespoons red pepper or taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1 cup chihuaha cheese
  • 4 tablespoons crema
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Lightly coat chicken in olive oil and sprinkle with your seasoning of choice.
  • Bake 20 minutes, remove from oven and allow to rest 5-10 minutes (it will continue cooking) before slicing, cubing or shredding.
  • Fill the corn tortillas with shredded or cubed baked chicken breast, avocado, chihuaha cheese, crema and salsa verde and serve.

Nutrition

Serving:4gCalories:641kcalCarbohydrates:32gProtein:59gFat:30gSaturated Fat:9gCholesterol:182mgSodium:931mgPotassium:1262mgFiber:7gSugar:4gVitamin A:916IUVitamin C:10mgCalcium:287mgIron:2mg
Keywords chicken tacos, soft tacos, taco ingredients
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